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Adrian Pokorny

Doctor and father, not in that order

Doctor working in cancer. Husband working in the kitchen. Father working on nappies.
Take It From A New Dad: Paternity Leave

Take It From A New Dad: Paternity Leave Matters

It now seems crazy to me that our society lays the burden of early parental responsibility almost exclusively upon mothers. This is something we should be trying to change; we need to, both to share care needs fairly and to set an example of equality to children.
20/09/2016 5:38 AM AEST
How I Stopped Losing Sleep Over My

How I Stopped Losing Sleep Over My Insomnia

Sleep deprivation has to be one of the most damaging things about new parenthood. When your average nocturnal respite lasts a total of two hours, nothing in the world seems worthwhile.
18/08/2016 11:31 AM AEST
To The Couple Who Saw Us At The Park And Thought It Looked

To The Couple Who Saw Us At The Park And Thought It Looked Fun

On a sunny Saturday afternoon last week, my wife, son and I had a picnic in our local park. A younger, childless couple walked past. They smiled, giggled with the baby and walked on. Then suddenly it hit me: they think we're having fun.
09/08/2016 10:53 AM AEST
I Could Never Be My Son's

I Could Never Be My Son's Doctor

The children of doctors suffer. I never quite understood this phrase until I became a parent. Now that I'm here I know exactly what it means: the worst possible patient is your own child.
27/07/2016 8:20 AM AEST
My Dream Baby Is Giving Me

My Dream Baby Is Giving Me Nightmares

I had lots of dreams growing up. Dreams of being an astronaut. Dreams of travelling the world. But I never thought I'd have recurring dreams of accidentally suffocating my son to death.
15/07/2016 9:44 PM AEST
My Four-Month-Old Is Smarter Than

My Four-Month-Old Is Smarter Than Me

Never underestimate a baby. My son can barely hold his head up, but he's already much smarter than I am. Just last weekend we went to Melbourne as a family and he showed me how little I know about parenthood.
01/07/2016 1:38 PM AEST
TV Parents Are A Bit Of A

TV Parents Are A Bit Of A Letdown

Television shows tend to make babies seem like a mild inconvenience. In reality, a newborn is a hurricane that rips through every aspect of your life, leaving only a pile of inconsolable rubble in its wake. It's time this was reflected on screen.
19/06/2016 6:16 AM AEST